Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Longest Non-Stop Flight in Single Engine Plane: Captain William Harrelson breaks Guinness world record
JACKSONVILLE, FL, USA -- Retired American Airlines captain William Harrelson and his wife, Sue, (retired United captain) flew non-stop from Guam to Jacksonville in a Lancair VI they created and built, setting the new world record for the Longest Non-Stop Flight in a Single Engine Plane,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
The Guinness world record for the Farthest flight by a commercial aircraft was set by a Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner, which flew 11,664 nautical miles (21,601.7 km or 13,422.7 miles) non-stop and without refuelling from Hong Kong to London, UK from 9 to 10 November 2005 in 22 hr 42 min, the longest flight ever by an unmodified commercial aircraft.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the Most supersonic passenger journeys, set by Frederick W Finn (UK), who had made 718 Atlantic crossings on Concorde.
A Washington D.C. man is now a world record holder for making the longest non-stop flight in a single-engine plane. Captain William Harrelson (who's wife Sue is a retired United captain) flew non-stop from Guam to Jacksonville.
The trip took more then 39 hours and a lot of extra fuel.
"If you've done your job, all those things that could go wrong, you need to think about your thought about before and you either decided not to do it, or work some way around it, or accepted the risks," said Harrelson.
"Say, you know if this happens I'm going to die; it's a very real possibility. But this is my form of adventure and I think it's a necessary part of life."
Harrleson said his future plans include a polar flight, but says he wants to recover from this journey first.
Related world records:
nonstop flight in a lightweight plane:
person to cross the English Channel using helium balloons: Jonathan Trappe
solar-powered flight by paramotor: the Cardozo family
passenger to fly in microgravity: Jules Nader
to solo airplane and helicopters on same day: Errick Smith
around the world flight: Caroll Ann Garratt and Carol Foy
coast to coast round trip: US pilots
team flight around the world: Swiss Pilots
transcontinental flight in a LSA: Matt Hansen and Jessica Scharle
Cluster Balloon Flight: Jonathan Trappe
distance flight in a helium balloon: David Hempleman
distance flown in an autogyro: Norman Surplus